What we Believe
The Holy Bible, and only the bible, is the authoritative Word of God. It alone is the final authority in determining all doctrinal truths. In its original writing, it is inspired, infallible and inerrant.
2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Proverbs 30:5; Romans16:25-26
There is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and HolySpirit. These three are coequal andco-eternal.
I John 5:7; Genesis 1:26; Matthew 3:16-17, 28:19; Luke 1:35; Isaiah 9:6; Hebrews3:7-11
Jesus Christ is God the Son, the second person of the Trinity. On earth, Jesus was 100% God and 100% man. He is the only man ever to have lived a sinless life. He was born of a virgin, performed miracles, died on the cross for mankind and thus, atoned for our sins through the shedding of His blood. He rose from the dead on the third day according to the Scriptures, ascended to the right hand of theFather,and will return again in power andglory.
John1:1,14,20:28; I Timothy3:16; Isaiah9:6; Philippians2:5-6; I Timothy2:5
Jesus Christ was conceived by God the Father, through the Holy Spirit (thethird person of the Trinity) in the virgin Mary’s womb; therefore, He is the Son ofGod.
Matthew 1:18, 25; Luke 1:35; Isaiah 7:14; Luke1:27-35
Man was created good and upright, but by voluntary transgression he fell; hisonly hope of redemption is in Jesus Christ, the Son ofGod.
Gen. 1:26-31, 3:1-7; Romans5:12-21
For anyone to know God, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutelyessential.
John 6:44, 65; Matthew 19:28; Titus3:5
We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ: His death,burial,
and resurrection. Salvation is a gift from God, not a result of our goodworks or of any human efforts.
Ephesians 2:8-9; Galatians 2:16, 3:8; Titus 3:5; Romans 10:9-10; Acts 16:31; Hebrews9:22
Repentance is the commitment to turn away from sin in every area of our livesand to follow Christ, which allows us to receive His redemption and to be regenerated bythe Holy Spirit. Thus, through repentance we receive forgiveness of sins and appropriatesalvation.
Acts 2:21, 3:19; I John1:9
Sanctification is the ongoing process of yielding to God’s Wordand His Spiritin order to complete the development of Christ’s character in us. It is through the present ministry of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God that the Christian is enabled to live a Godlylife.
I Thessalonians 4:3, 5:23; II Corinthians 3:18, 6:14-18, II Thessalonians 2:1-3, Romans 8:29, 12:1-2, Hebrews2:11
The Blood that Jesus Christ shed on the Cross of Calvary was sinless and is 100% sufficient to cleanse mankind of all sin. Jesus allowed Himself to be punished for both our sinfulness and our sins, enabling all those who believe to be free fromthe penalty of sin, which isdeath.
I John 1:7; Revelation 1:5, 5:9; Colossians 1:20; Romans 3:10-12, 23, 5:9; John1:29
Christians are people who have invited the Lord Jesus Christ to come and live inside them byHis Holy Spirit. They relinquish the authority of their lives over to him thus making Jesus the Lord of their life as well as Savior. They put their trustin what Jesus accomplished for them when He died, was buried, and rose again from the dead.
John 1:12; John 14:17, 23; John 15:4; Romans 8:11; Revelation3:20
GivenatPentecost,itisthepromiseoftheFather, sentbyJesusafterHisAscension, to empower the Church to preach the Gospel throughout the wholeearth.
Joel 2:28-29; Matthew 3:11; Mark 16:17;
Acts 1:5 ,2:1-4, 17, 38-39, 8:14-17, 10:38, 44-47, 11:15-17,19:1-6
The Holy Spirit is manifested through a variety of spiritual gifts to build andsanctify the church, demonstrate the validity of the resurrection, and confirm the power of the Gospel. The Bible lists of these gifts are not necessarily exhaustive, and the gifts may occur in various combinations. All believers are commanded to earnestly desire the manifestation of the gifts in their lives. These gifts always operate in harmony with the Scriptures and should never be
used in violation of Biblical parameters.
Hebrews 2:4; Romans 1:11,12:4-8; Ephesians 4:16; 1 Timothy 4:14; 2 Timothy 1:6-7; I Corinthians 12:1-31,14:1-40; I Peter 4:10
The church is the Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of Jesus’ Great Commission. Every person who is born of the Spirit is an integral part of the church as a member of the body of believers. There is a spiritual unity of all believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.
Ephesians 1:22, 2:19-22; Hebrews 12:23; John 17:11,20-23
•Water Baptism: Following faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, the new convertis commanded by the Word of God to be baptized in water in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the HolySpirit.
Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:38; Mark 16:16; Acts 8:12, 36-38;10:47-48
•The Lord’s Supper: A unique time of communion in the presence ofGod when the elements of bread and grape juice (the Body and Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ) are taken in remembrance of Jesus’ sacrifice on the Cross.
Matthew 26:26-29; I Corinthians 10:16,11:23-25
• Marriage: We believe marriage is defined in the Bible as a covenant, a sacred bond between one man and one woman, instituted by and publicly entered into before God.
Healing of the sick is illustrated in the life and ministry of Jesus, and included inthe commission of Jesus to His disciples. It is given as a sign, which is to follow believers. It is also a part of Jesus’ work on the Cross and one of thegifts of the Spirit.
Psalm103:2-3; Isaiah53:5; Matthew8:16-17; Mark16:17-18; Acts8:6-7;
James5:14-16; 1Corinthians12:9,28; Romans 11:29
It is the Father’s will for believers to become whole, healthy and successful in all areas of life. But because of the fall, many may not receive the full benefits of God’swill while on Earth. That fact, though, should never prevent all believers from seeking the full benefits of Christ’s provision in order to better serve others….
John 3:3-11; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; Romans10:9-10
•Mental and Emotional
2 Timothy 1:7, 2:11; Philippians 4:7-8; Romans 12:2; Isaiah26:3
Isaiah 53:4,5; Matthew 8:17; I Peter2:24
Joshua 1:8; Malachi 3:10-11; Luke 6:38; 2 Corinthians 9:6-10; Deuteronomy 28:1-14;
Psalm 34:10, 84:11; Philippians 4:19
Jesus Christ was physically resurrected from the dead in a glorified body three days after His death on the cross. In addition, both the saved and the lost will be resurrected; those that are saved to the resurrection of life and those that are lost to the resurrection of eternaldamnation.
Luke 24:16, 36, 39; John 2:19-21, 20:26-28, 21:4; Acts 24:15; I Corinthians 15:42, 44;
Heaven is the eternal dwelling place for all who believe in Jesus Christ.
Matthew 5:3, 12, 20, 6:20, 19:21, 25:34; John 17:24; 2 Corinthians 5:1; Hebrews 11:16; I Pt1:4
After living one life on earth, the unbelievers will be judged by God and sent to Hell where they will be separated from God.
Matthew 10:28; Hebrews 9:27; John 3:16
Jesus Christ will physically and visibly return to earth for the second time to establish His Kingdom. This will occur at a date undisclosed by the Scriptures.
Matthew 24:30,26:63-64; Acts1:9-11; I Thessalonians 4:15-17; 2Thessalonians 1:7-8; Revelation1:7